Author Visits & Appearances


For the 2020-21 school year, all my author visits are virtual, via your school-hosted platform.


• For more information, to customize a presentation, or to schedule a visit, please contact me.

• Need funding? Check out this list of funding sources for school visits.

• Please check out the free resources in my Reading Discussion and Activity Guide.


Presentations for Students

Doughnut Storytime + Author Q&A (Available now)

I will read DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS aloud with your group and then take 10 minutes for questions and answers.

20 minutes

All grade levels

Any group size

Free with purchase of 1 copy of DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS for each classroom participating, plus 1 copy for the school library.


Doughnuts + Math = Fun (Available in 2021)

I will read DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS aloud with your group, then explore the math in the story in a grade-level appropriate and interactive way (can be customized) and then take 10 minutes for questions and answers.

45-60 minutes

Ideal for grades 1-3

Single classroom



Revision with Extra Sprinkles (Available in 2021)

“Good stories are not written. They are rewritten.” In this presentation, I’ll talk about the process of publishing a picture book from idea to publication with a special emphasis on revision, focusing on how a single page of DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS changed throughout the process.


30-45 minutes

Ideal for grades 2-5

Any group size



Revision Workshop Add-On

For classes who have watched my revision presentation, I’ll take a deep dive into revision with hands-on, interactive examples that we’ll revise together with a variety of revision strategies (can be customized). This add on can occur immediately after the presentation, or on a separate day.

30-45 minutes

Ideal for grades 2-5

Single classroom



Conferences and Festivals

I’m available to speak at educator conferences, writer conferences, and book festivals, and am happy to pull together panel presentations with other authors. Some of my past presentations include:


  • Big Laughs (and Little Life Lessons) in Picture Books (panel)

  • STEAMing Up Children’s Books (panel)

  • Soaring Into Marketing with a Debut Group (panel)

  • Get Started in Children’s Magazine Writing

  • Rhyme It Right: A Workshop for Writers

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I've been reading children's books all my life and I'm delighted that now I get to write them, too!


My debut picture book, Dozens of Doughnuts, illustrated by Brianne Farley, will be published by Putnam in summer, 2020. And I'm thrilled to share two more in the works: Don't Hug Doug, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman, coming from Putnam in spring, 2021; and Hurry, Little Tortoise! illustrated by Erin Balzer, coming from Random House in summer, 2022.

I also write poems, stories, and articles for children's magazines like Babybug, Ladybug, High Five, and Highlights.